The silliest movie complaints sent to the BBFC
Sometimes they receive legitimate complaints from viewers upset by violence or sex, especially in flicks with the 12A certificate.
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However, they also get sent ridiculous complaints by idiots. We trawled through their archives and picked our favourites.
These actually happened.
“I don’t like Daniel Craig”
After the release of the gritty James Bond reboot ‘Casino Royale’, one punter wrote in to the BBFC to complain that he did not like Daniel Craig as the new 007 and demanded the return of Sean Connery. This same person also claimed that the “two females were the worst, most unattractive side-kicks” they had ever seen in a James Bond film. Such a charmer…
Double Oh no... Daniel Craig (Copyright: REX)
“Their pyjamas were too clean”
In 2008, the moving flick ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ received a rather peculiar complaint. The film followed the son of a Nazi concentration camp commandant who makes friends with a Jewish boy. One cinemagoer was outraged that the ‘pyjamas’ (the prison uniforms) were “too clean” and “ironed” in the film, and this was a sanitising of the Holocaust and an insult to survivors.
“Kids went to the toilet too often”
Several elderly film fans watching ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest’ complained about young children being too noisy, crying and even going to the toilet too often. As annoying as it may be, we’re not so sure the BBFC was the right place to address their complaints.
“My friend fainted”
While watching horror flick ‘Eden Lake’, one begrudged viewer was outraged that the movie was so scary it made his female companion faint during the screening.
“Judi Dench should never swear”
Film fans were shocked and appalled that Dame Judi Dench would ever swear on camera. Things came to a head when she played ‘M’ in the new James Bond films but according to the BBFC “almost every time Dame Judi swears in a film, regardless of its category, we can expect a number of complaints”. Preposterous.
Complete disaster... Disaster Movie (Copyright: REX)
“It was a bad movie”
Disappointed customers returning home from ‘Disaster Movie’ wrote to the BBFC to say that they should have been warned that the film was so bad. This is a common complaint apparently.